Living frugally in Japan will not be that much difficult if you prepare a kickass strategy. In fact, frugal living will boost your financial growth and you can live a happier life.
I’m practicing frugal living happily and trust me, I’m living a better life. In my 20s, after quitting my regular paying job I’m following my dream career without spending big bucks.
My frugal lifestyle helped me to save more money. By being resourceful I’m able to live my dream today. Well, now I would like to share my frugal tips that will act like a road map for you to conquer your spending habits and adopt minimalism.
23 SUPER USEFUL Tips for Living Frugally in Japan Happily
In reality, most of the Japanese people are independent and follow DIY hacks. But still, some people find it difficult to be frugal in Japan. Well, it’s not that difficult to be thrifty as you think.
So follow these effective tips for living frugally on Japan.
1. Prepare a kickass strategy to EARN PASSIVE INCOME
Fill your pockets with passive income. Even if you’re a student you can look for easy passive income ideas to make money online.
Passive income can also be the best source of income if you start to explore them. In my 20s also I’m exploring many passive income ideas to build wealth. I feel that earning and saving both are an important part of frugal living.
2. Kick out peer pressure that influences your SPENDING HABITS
We always want to fit in the friend circle. So we always try to copy the behavior of friends, and sometimes unknowingly we get influenced by other behaviors. Even it is in case of spending habits.
Well, now analyze how many times you felt like buying a new gadget when your friend bought a new gadget? How many times did you pick up a pair of shoes or jeans just because your friends also buy new trading outfits? So now it’s the right time to kick out peer pressure. Don’t buy things just because of peer pressure.
3. Follow Smart Ways to SAVE $1200 on GADGETS
I’ve found that the Apple iPhone 11 Pro costs more than $1200. Actually, you don’t need any such costly gadgets. So don’t buy such costly laptop or mobile or any other gadgets just because your friends buying such costly gadgets.
You should buy only those gadgets that they really need. Like- a simple laptop for studies. I feel youngsters can easily save up to $1000 on gadgets by avoiding branded and costly ones.
4. Enjoy Planting your Own Kitchen Garden to Save Money on Greengrocers
Planting is really fun. Some people wait for weekends to follow their plantation hobby. So you can also plant your own kitchen garden and save money on greengrocers.
If you are a newbie and do not know about planting then not to worry at all. Go with simple plants like tomatoes, beans, chilly, mint etc. All these plants do not require much maintenance. But in return, you will get fresh greengrocer without paying for them.
5. STOP impressing your friends or bae with COSTLY GIFTS
You don’t need to spend a lot on money on gifts to impress anyone. The real friendship and a true relationship do not require all this.
So choose your friends wisely and be sensible. Don’t empty your pocket to fit in your friend circle. Be a frugal youngster to have a bright future.
6. Grab a Drink with your Friends WITHOUT SPENDING Big Bucks
An average bottle of wine costs about 3000 Yen and a bottle of beer costs somewhere between 500 Yen to 700 Yen. So instead of spending money on drinks, you can make your own drinks at home.
If you are not getting how to start making tasty wine and beer at home, look for free YouTube videos. This is how you can grab a drink with your friends and cheers at home.
7. Prepare Budget-Friendly Tasty Japanese Recipes within 10-15 Minutes at Home
If you are hungry and thinking to grab your phone to order your favorite dish from a restaurant, then give a pause. Well, there are many budget-friendly and yummy recipes to try at home quickly.
Instead of ordering outside food make your own yummy recipes within your budget. This is how you can take simple steps as a beginner to adapt to frugal living.
8. Sign up for CASHBACK WEBSITES or Apps to Save Money on Every Online Shopping
Online shopping has become part of a lifestyle. Especially youngsters get habitual for online shopping. Now I have an amazing list of cashback websites or apps for you to save a ton of money on every online purchase.
Well, you can check out the Rakuten website to get cashback offers. This is how I’m also saving money on online shopping by using such websites. There are also other apps that help you to save money while online shopping.
9. Think of Repairing the Things instead of Replacing with a new one
You should repair the things instead of replacing them with a new one. You can save more than 50% money if you follow this tip.
When you can repair the products then why should you waste money on replacing with a new one.
10. Avoid eating outside, SAVE UP TO ¥8767 monthly and take a cruise trip instead
An average teenage girl or teenage boy spends $20 per week that means it is equal to 2184 Yen. Can you imagine the things that you can do with this money if you save this money weekly?
Well, I can understand that you can’t avoid eating outside food completely. But at least you can try to minimize it. You can take simple actions like eating outside food only once or twice a month.
11. Flaunt your own dressing style by going DIY for clothes
Trending outfits grab the attention of youngsters easily. But I’m sure you might have seen that trending styles and outfits get outdated quickly. Every week fashion changes. And such fancy tending outfits are costly.
So learn the knack of DIY for clothes. Use your current clothes and term them into fancy clothes at home. Flaunt your own style and look cool without spending extra dollars on trending fashion.
12. Learn New Skills for FREE from HARVARD UNIVERSITY
You can sign up for educational courses online for free. This will help you to learn new skill sets without paying money. Even some websites offer you certificates after completion of your course. So make use of free courses for living frugally in Japan
So use your spare time to learn skills online also earn certificates. All of this will help you in your career. And even you can check out Harvard University’s free online courses.
13. Know how THRIFT STORES help you to save money in Japan
During my college days, I always looked for thrift stores to buy second-hand books. This is how I saved around 30% to 50% of my money on books.
You can also get such thrift stores in your city that sells secondhand books, clothes or household goods. So visit such thrift stores to save more money on shopping. Frugal people follow smart shopping hacks and buy the best products by spending less.
14. Know what is the RIGHT TIME to shop for SEASONAL COLLECTIONS to Save Money
Whether you are planning for winter collection or for a summer collection, plan early. Yes, you should not wait for a last-minute if you want to shop for winter collections or summer collections.
If you know that winter or summer will hit after a month then you can do shopping now only. This will help you to save more money on shopping seasonal trends. A practical strategy is very important to save more.
15. Figure out quick ideas to be financially independent in Japan
You will find the best opportunities to earn money in Japan. So try to be financially independent as soon as possible. I can say that start to make money as financial independence is also an important part of frugal living.
If you are a student then also you can figure out ways to make money as a student. You can look for opportunities like internships, part-time job, work from home. Even there are many online websites that help you to unlock the doors of making money opportunities.
16. Follow frugal grocery shopping tips to save more money every month
If you give a little bit of attention while grocery shopping then you can save a lot of money. I have shared effective tips to save money on groceries in my other blog post, you can check it out.
Once you start to follow frugal tips on groceries at the end of the month you will have extra savings with you.
17. Don’t Get Trapped into Online Marketing Strategies, which make your pocket empty
According to some research nowadays business or brands are easily targeting youngsters to make their consumers. Yes, nowadays youngsters easily access the internet and they scroll online stores. You might have seen some action words like ‘buy now’, ‘hurry up’, ‘limited period offer’ etc.
All this is a part of online marketing. This type of marketing makes you opt for impulse purchases. So don’t get trapped into such things. You don’t need to scroll online stores often.
18. Try to have a minimum number of pets at home and save on maintenance expenses
Pets are loveable. And they need total care and attention as a family member. But if you bring more pets to your home then your expenses will also increase.
It is good to love and care for pets. But you should also think about the expenses also. If you have more than one pet then your expenses will be more.
19. Add products to your online SHOPPING CART for 15 days
Well, most of the time I just add the goods to my cart and leave it for 7-15 days. This helped me to save money on shopping without plunking down my money on unnecessary purchases. I’ve realized that most of the time emotions or distractions or peer pressure are the reasons for shopping.
So it is necessary to analyze whether it is a ‘need’ or a ‘greed’ before hitting a ‘buy’ button. Trust me, when you go back to your shopping cart after 15 days you will feel like your cart is flooded with unnecessary things. Especially teenagers should learn to handle peer pressure to save more money.
20. Use your Student ID to save EXTRA MONEY on Shopping
Well, student life is golden life in all the terms. When it comes to shopping students can save extra money by using their student ID.
So if you are a student then check such offers online or even offline to save money on shopping. This is how students save extra pennies by making smart moves.
21. Get grounded in the numbers and stop buying multiples of everything
I’ve come to know that the people used to avoid multiple things at home. They were using a single phone at home along with a shared network with neighbors. But now we are living in the times where we can find 2 cellphones in a single pocket!
To face the rainy days you should follow minimalism. Avoid having extra things like more pairs of shoes, hair drier etc. Even I’ve seen that some people have 2 TV sets, one in the bedroom and another in the living room. All these extra things mean extra expenses.
22. Wholesale Stores are Blessings to WIN SHOPPING DEALS
In my city, I’ve figured out wholesale stores for clothes and books. So such wholesale stores help you to save on shopping.
You can buy a bulk quantity of products from such wholesale stores to save more money.
23. Don’t burn out your pocket by having more CREDIT CARDS for SHOPPING
Nowadays credit cards are trending. But in reality, if you have more credit cards then your purchases also increase. Credit cards impact your buying behavior.
If you ask me, then I suggest not to have any credit card. But if you want to have, then have only one card. Also, be careful about your buying behavior.
SAVE MORE MONEY in Japan by Being Thrifty
Thrifty living is a strong foundation on which you can build your wealth easily. I personally feel that frugality is a way of life that helps to fulfill all the dreams. So you can lead a happier life in Japan by adapting to frugal living.
You don’t need to think that living frugally in Japan is not your cup of tea. In reality, you will be learning the art of living where you can live your life to the fullest without spending more money.
So now it’s time to kick start your frugal living journey. From today itself you can implement these frugal tips. Living frugally in Japan should be your new norm from now onwards to make your life better.